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bodybuilder w/acne and in love with my flawless GF...

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This is my first post on Acne.org and really want to get some input from the acne community. I'll give some brief background...18 years old, ive had acne since my freshman year in high school but started off really mild on my face and i noticed throughout the years in high school there was always times when i broke out on my face but nothing major, i am a bodybuilder and i have never taken steroids BUT this past May i experimented with Pro-Hormones and yes this is where my life turned upside down for me...this has to be the WORST break out i have ever had in all my years and my self-esteem has dropped to its lowest and my self-consciousnesses has never been so bad about my acne...i have face, upper back, and chest acne...i mean before any of this happened i felt like a super stud walking around! then to top things off I have a beautiful gf with flawless skin (6 months together) and sometimes i ask myself "what is she doing with a guy like me?"...but there was one time when i broke down in tears next to her just telling her how much my acne bothered me and she reassured me that she doesnt even care if i have acne, she loves me for who i am which i dearly love her for it...but still i wanna get this fkn acne cleared out so i wont be embarrassed about taking off my shirt in front of her...anybody with the same situation that i am in??

heres a pic with my gf and i taken about the end of july

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To be honest your skin doesn't look that bad and you're a good looking guy, so don't be too hard on yourself. I understand about not wanting to take your shirt off though. But taking off your shirt shouldn't be a problem because you have nice muscles to make up for it, right? And I don't think she cares that much about the acne anyway, just like she said.

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Wow, "Pro Hormones" seem worse then accutane. Cause that seriously caused a chemical imbalance in your body. So that's why you are getting so depressed.

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To be honest your skin doesn't look that bad and you're a good looking guy, so don't be too hard on yourself. I understand about not wanting to take your shirt off though. But taking off your shirt shouldn't be a problem because you have nice muscles to make up for it, right? And I don't think she cares that much about the acne anyway, just like she said.

well bro that pic was taken about a week after a bodybuilding show that i did...but the weeks ahead was when i really broke out on my face and back...but i get what your sayin about she not caring about my acne...but i guess its just something that "I" dont feel comfortable with and i'm trying not to let it get to my head....

i mean what kind of things do you guys do to not let this interfere with your daily life and relationships?.....

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Wow, "Pro Hormones" seem worse then accutane. Cause that seriously caused a chemical imbalance in your body. So that's why you are getting so depressed.

yeah i know...i really screwed up with the prohormones...i mean i have a family history of acne; my dad had it (just on his face), and my step sister (she had body acne: face, chest, back, and even the back of her legs) and step brother....so im guessing I really aggravated my acne by using pro hormones which really threw my hormones out of wack...cause before this break out i had mild acne just on my face and a little bit on my upper back.....AND after about 5 months of quitting the prohormones i STILL think my hormones of unbalanced.....

do you guys think i should let me family doctor know about my concern with my hormone levels?....

i mean what kind of things do you guys do to not let this interfere with your daily life and relationships?.....

Don't look in the mirror.

....anything else?...

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I've heard about some people using acupuncture to treat hormone imbalances, which would ultimately help your acne. Maybe that is something to look into?

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I've heard about some people using acupuncture to treat hormone imbalances, which would ultimately help your acne. Maybe that is something to look into?

actually i've never heard that about acupuncture.....have you tried it?...

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unfortunately no, my insurance doesn't cover acupuncture, but I'd love to and I've heard some really great things about this treatment, and acupuncture in general. It may just help you get your hormones back in sync.

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unfortunately no, my insurance doesn't cover acupuncture, but I'd love to and I've heard some really great things about this treatment, and acupuncture in general. It may just help you get your hormones back in sync.

awesome...but first i believe im gonna schedule an appointment with my family doctor and tell him about my concern with my hormones...hopefully get some tests done and see where im at...

and i was reading your thread about some girls taking some chinese herb to help balance out their hormones during that time of the month....but they never gave the name?....

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and i was reading your thread about some girls taking some chinese herb to help balance out their hormones during that time of the month....but they never gave the name?....

Lol my thread? About a chinese herb that I recommended? Hm, could you link to the thread and maybe I'll remember which herb it was? Saw palmetto? Evening Primrose oil? Hm, I'm gonna need a refresher on this one :doh:

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unfortunately no, my insurance doesn't cover acupuncture, but I'd love to and I've heard some really great things about this treatment, and acupuncture in general. It may just help you get your hormones back in sync.

awesome...but first i believe im gonna schedule an appointment with my family doctor and tell him about my concern with my hormones...hopefully get some tests done and see where im at...

and i was reading your thread about some girls taking some chinese herb to help balance out their hormones during that time of the month....but they never gave the name?....

skip the family doc and go to an endocrinologist; they are the hormone specialists able to detect the imbalance and treat it. in the meantime, wash with Head and Shoulders (classic); i hear it does wonders for body acne...

you're lucky to have a GF that genuinely loves you for who are on the inside. nurture the relationship!

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Hi Protein Boy,

I am thiry four years old and I have fought acne since I was thirteen. I used Proactiv, Muriad, Several expensive dermatologist prescription meds and every over the cleanser, gel and scrub there is. I finaly have clear skin! I tear up just thinking about the pain that acne causes.

I used AcneFree, they sell it at Rite Aid. It is a three step system, But I will tell you about my added touch.

I use the acne free each night as directed, but when I use the cleaser, I let it stay on my face until it dries a little (not completely) then a wet my hands and massage it in, then rinse.

In the morning I use the cleanser (without letting it sit) and the toner but I use clean & clear advantage oil-free acne moisturizer instead of the acne free repair lotion. I do this because the repair lotion makes your face shine terribly in the day time, but it is gentle and you wake up with a smooth face when you use it at night.

The clean & clear advantage oil-free acne moisturizer makes your skin feel smooth, soft and it fights acne causing bacteria and oilyness all day long (it smells good too).

Treat yourself to a facial at least once and let them remove your blackheads with steam and the little vacuum suction thing. It will give you a jump start to clear beutiful skin.

This stuff can go on well into your thirties so please, if this remedy works for you stick with it. It took me 21 years to find the right combo. I've had my moments of fewer break outs in between, but now I look damn good! I will share this post with others as well, I really want to help stop the acne madness.

- TlGRA : )

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and i was reading your thread about some girls taking some chinese herb to help balance out their hormones during that time of the month....but they never gave the name?....

Lol my thread? About a chinese herb that I recommended? Hm, could you link to the thread and maybe I'll remember which herb it was? Saw palmetto? Evening Primrose oil? Hm, I'm gonna need a refresher on this one :doh:

It was the topic about "hormonal acne".....http://www.acne.org/messageboard/findpost-p2446846.html

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unfortunately no, my insurance doesn't cover acupuncture, but I'd love to and I've heard some really great things about this treatment, and acupuncture in general. It may just help you get your hormones back in sync.

awesome...but first i believe im gonna schedule an appointment with my family doctor and tell him about my concern with my hormones...hopefully get some tests done and see where im at...

and i was reading your thread about some girls taking some chinese herb to help balance out their hormones during that time of the month....but they never gave the name?....

skip the family doc and go to an endocrinologist; they are the hormone specialists able to detect the imbalance and treat it. in the meantime, wash with Head and Shoulders (classic); i hear it does wonders for body acne...

you're lucky to have a GF that genuinely loves you for who are on the inside. nurture the relationship!

yes its a blessing that my gf is in my life...a dream come true if a should say...but back to the doctor....

since i currently dont have insurance right idk if going to a endocrinologist will be expensive?...i mean just for a office visit ya know?...

Hi Protein Boy,

I am thiry four years old and I have fought acne since I was thirteen. I used Proactiv, Muriad, Several expensive dermatologist prescription meds and every over the cleanser, gel and scrub there is. I finaly have clear skin! I tear up just thinking about the pain that acne causes.

I used AcneFree, they sell it at Rite Aid. It is a three step system, But I will tell you about my added touch.

I use the acne free each night as directed, but when I use the cleaser, I let it stay on my face until it dries a little (not completely) then a wet my hands and massage it in, then rinse.

In the morning I use the cleanser (without letting it sit) and the toner but I use clean & clear advantage oil-free acne moisturizer instead of the acne free repair lotion. I do this because the repair lotion makes your face shine terribly in the day time, but it is gentle and you wake up with a smooth face when you use it at night.

The clean & clear advantage oil-free acne moisturizer makes your skin feel smooth, soft and it fights acne causing bacteria and oilyness all day long (it smells good too).

Treat yourself to a facial at least once and let them remove your blackheads with steam and the little vacuum suction thing. It will give you a jump start to clear beutiful skin.

This stuff can go on well into your thirties so please, if this remedy works for you stick with it. It took me 21 years to find the right combo. I've had my moments of fewer break outs in between, but now I look damn good! I will share this post with others as well, I really want to help stop the acne madness.

- TlGRA : )

thanks for the information, but can i also put this on my upper back?...

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your very lucky to have a gf like that.

when i had a bf, and i slept over at his house and stuff, i always had to sleep on with makeup cos i didnt knw how to facehim with my face of acne. although he tld me he preferred me without anymakeup on. i totally get what u mean...

since its definately the hormnes, you should talk to ur doctor abt it.

as with dealing with it, i can tell you that just keep thinking positive. sooner or later our hormones will self-adjust and it will all go away. for now use topicals to ease the acne.

DONT USE PRO-HORMONES ANYMORE!

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your very lucky to have a gf like that.

when i had a bf, and i slept over at his house and stuff, i always had to sleep on with makeup cos i didnt knw how to facehim with my face of acne. although he tld me he preferred me without anymakeup on. i totally get what u mean...

since its definately the hormnes, you should talk to ur doctor abt it.

as with dealing with it, i can tell you that just keep thinking positive. sooner or later our hormones will self-adjust and it will all go away. for now use topicals to ease the acne.

DONT USE PRO-HORMONES ANYMORE!

lol i sure will not use that crap anymore!....but i guess we both ride on the same boat....i appreciate your advice....thank you

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I'm 26yrs old and have trained and competed in bodybuilding for 5+ years.

What pro-hormone did you take? Hopefully you did post-cycle therapy with it after you quit using it? Unless it was anything methylated, there is a very low chance of you doing any permanent damage to your hormone levels. Your test levels will naturally kick back in a few weeks after stopping said pro-hormone. I would just take it as a lesson that you are particularly susceptible to side effects from increased test levels and stay away from any synthetic or methylated supplements. At your age, with already elevated test levels from being young, the last thing you need is a pro-hormone or steroid.

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I'm 26yrs old and have trained and competed in bodybuilding for 5+ years.

What pro-hormone did you take? Hopefully you did post-cycle therapy with it after you quit using it? Unless it was anything methylated, there is a very low chance of you doing any permanent damage to your hormone levels. Your test levels will naturally kick back in a few weeks after stopping said pro-hormone. I would just take it as a lesson that you are particularly susceptible to side effects from increased test levels and stay away from any synthetic or methylated supplements. At your age, with already elevated test levels from being young, the last thing you need is a pro-hormone or steroid.

I was taking E-pol and Halovar by Purus Labs for about two or three with a very short lay off in between cycles.....

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Hey bro I feel you pain. I started bodybuilding when I was 18 I would always have a few breakouts here and there but nothing serious. I started taking Apple Cider Vinegar extract and Green tea extract both by NOW foods. For the longest time I had perfectly clear skin. Now I'm getting ready for a competition and I started taking creatine and my face blew up. A lot of people will say creatine does't effect acne but this is the third time in the past 2 years I have tried it and its the only time I ever get acne. It sucks cause you spend so much time perfecting your body and living healthy and then boom you get acne and it just kills your self-esteem. I would look into getting some ACV and Green tea extract there both really cheap and worked for me.

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Hello Protein_Boy. Welcome to acne.org. I am not a body builder myself (I'm only 111 lbs), but I did take an oral medication that gives me more acne than my usual hormonal pimple prior to "that time of the month". When I met my boyfriend, I had clear skin. But he knew I was taking birth control for my acne. I've been on BCP since Summer of 2005.

Anyhow, I took a steroid last July for an allergic reaction I got to a moisturizer I used to use. The company who makes the moisturizer changed their sunscreen ingredient, and to say the least, my skin hated it. So here I am with this allergic reaction. I went to my general practitioner, was prescribed the steroid and in combination with my birth control pill, it gave me more acne! My chin broke out really bad, sending me right back to the dermatologist.

Anyhow, because of my condition, I had to go without makeup for a while. My boyfriend had to see the hyperpigmentation marks and acne on my chin. I even got my first kiss with what I call a crater on my chin, but that didn't stop him. LOL

My thing is, try not to be so conscious of your acne. Your girlfriend is with you because she loves you, is proud of you, and enjoys spending time with you. When you're with her, try to forget about your acne and just have a good time! Work on treating your acne as best you can and take it one day at a time. Also, try to surround yourself with loved ones and spend time with them. Also, don't neglect your friends, offer them your support in areas where they need it, and they will offer you their's.

I think dealing with acne is both an internal and external struggle. You can only take it one day at a time. We all learn from our mistakes. Before, I took so many pictures with my boyfriend. Now when I have a great "skin day" I make sure to take pictures with him anyway! So don't fret and just have a good time! You will clear up and get better. This is only temporary, but again, take it one day at a time!

Hope this helps!

paranoid1

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Hello Protein_Boy. Welcome to acne.org. I am not a body builder myself (I'm only 111 lbs), but I did take an oral medication that gives me more acne than my usual hormonal pimple prior to "that time of the month". When I met my boyfriend, I had clear skin. But he knew I was taking birth control for my acne. I've been on BCP since Summer of 2005.

Anyhow, I took a steroid last July for an allergic reaction I got to a moisturizer I used to use. The company who makes the moisturizer changed their sunscreen ingredient, and to say the least, my skin hated it. So here I am with this allergic reaction. I went to my general practitioner, was prescribed the steroid and in combination with my birth control pill, it gave me more acne! My chin broke out really bad, sending me right back to the dermatologist.

Anyhow, because of my condition, I had to go without makeup for a while. My boyfriend had to see the hyperpigmentation marks and acne on my chin. I even got my first kiss with what I call a crater on my chin, but that didn't stop him. LOL

My thing is, try not to be so conscious of your acne. Your girlfriend is with you because she loves you, is proud of you, and enjoys spending time with you. When you're with her, try to forget about your acne and just have a good time! Work on treating your acne as best you can and take it one day at a time. Also, try to surround yourself with loved ones and spend time with them. Also, don't neglect your friends, offer them your support in areas where they need it, and they will offer you their's.

I think dealing with acne is both an internal and external struggle. You can only take it one day at a time. We all learn from our mistakes. Before, I took so many pictures with my boyfriend. Now when I have a great "skin day" I make sure to take pictures with him anyway! So don't fret and just have a good time! You will clear up and get better. This is only temporary, but again, take it one day at a time!

Hope this helps!

paranoid1

wow...no joke paranoid1, your words really meant alot to me....and you know what i've been taking it one day at a time and trying to stay in a positive mood lately....ive been feeling better day by day ever since i started getting feedback from you guys....and yeah i know sooner or later mother nature will adjust and times will feel so much better.....

thank you paranoid1.....i wish you and your boyfriend the best to come....

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I CURED MY ACNE !!!

Stop all anti biotics. It just harms you. What you have to do is cut all diary from your diet! You heard it! Cut all diary from your diet. Milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, cream, ice cream, whipped cream, etc etc etc! DO IT NOW! And see your skin heal in a matter of a couple of weeks! You can carry on topical treatments just be gentle with your skin.

But bottom line: NO DIARY NO ACNE!

Yes, it is that simple!

Change your life now!

Google ' Dr.Fisher, diary, acne '

This doctor unveiled the secret behind acne a century ago. Right after that, the industry that makes billions on creating creams and antibiotics that 'treat' acne destroyed the report!!!

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN

Good Luck!

spottycoyote

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